The 2018 International Education Week (IEW) began last Monday, November 12, 2018 and came to an end on Friday, November 16, 2018. The International Educational Week is a joint initiative of the US Department of State and US Department of Education that provides opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and international exchange globally.
Founded in April 2000 by former US president, Bill Clinton, this important week is observed by over 100 countries including Nigeria even though it is not paid serious attention to.
The International Education Week is majorly characterized by the coming together of representatives from various countries; these representatives inform others on the educational systems and general culture of their nations. The Education Week has many benefits to humanity, some of which are explained below.
The main aim of International Education Week is that it promotes international understanding and tolerance which are the basis of any strong relationship. When the representatives of the participating countries converge and inform others about their culture, traditions, customs and beliefs, the listening parties tend to understand the situations and plights of their counterparts from other countries, hence, promoting peaceful co-existence amongst nations. In the same vein, this can exponentially affect economic activities of these nations, such as importation and exportation.
International Education Week should also be encouraged because it creates an avenue for countries to compare their educational standards with those of other countries. This will go a long way in ensuring that countries evaluate their educational systems and amend areas with loose ends.
Thirdly, the International Education Week avails countries a forum to proudly display their innovations and peculiarities to other countries which will in turn serve as motivation to other countries to innovate and invent gadgets and equipment that are appealing and mesmerizing. These innovations will, without any doubt, boost a country’s economy and defense to a large extent.
Finally, the International Education Week is aimed at promoting partnership amongst countries. This partnership is very essential in the face of issues affecting countries. For instance, if one of the countries in this partnership is faced with terrorist attacks, other countries in the partnership lend their support.
A case in point is the period of ‘Boko-Haram’ attacks in Nigeria. The country had to seek for assistance from bigger nations. In essence, International Education Week increases the spirit of brotherhood and oneness in the minds of individuals from different parts of the world
Hence, I believe that Nigeria would be so much better if the nation participates wholesomely in the International Education Week. This, however, can be achieved by creating enough awareness on the programme as most Nigerians are ignorant of the existence of the progaramme This sensitization could be done on the social media, billboards, etc.
On the other hand, the Nigerian government should pay adequate attention to the International Education Week as much as they pay attention to crude oil and its utilization. It is my hope that, although this very important forum is celebrated within just a week, its effect will be far more long lasting within our nation.
– Ibrahim is SS3 student of Himma International College, Minna